Due to the usual family fall outs a couple of years ago, we had last year on our own (no it wasn't our fault )
A breakfast of creamy scrambled egg, toast and smoked salmon.
Weather permitting, a good walk, either along the beach, or last year, along the riverbank, then a stroll to Durham Cathedral (we aren't religious, but the choir etc....awesome.)
Back home, a starter of lobster or prawn with salad ( fiver for enough for 2 at Aldi) get turkey etc ready for about 3, then loaf around a bit, then a nice water ice to freshen up.... bag of frozen summer fruits, can of peaches in juice, can of pineapples in juice, whizz in a processor then put in the freezer, stirring every half hour ( start it when you get back from the walk )
Unwrap presents about 6, then pudding, then if you've paced yourself well, you can get blootered without any hassle from the missus, and it's been a fairly easy job.
Haunch of venison. Good red wine (a St Emilion or a good Rioja) and a decent bottle of port while the women wash up. A fine cigar with some stilton and some more port. Fall asleep in front of the telly. (Starters and pud if you can be bothered, does it really matter?)
Followed by 36 hours of eating the left-overs. You know it makes sense.
(In this household I do the shopping and cooking, so the women do the washing up, before the wise-acres start.)
Whilst thi venison is cooking (same as beef, 20 mins a lb and 20 over) and while it's done, tha' could 'ave a couple o' these to whet thi appetite:
Saw what must be the easiest ever dish to cook on telly the other day, and would make a good starter. It was a Nigel Slater dish of Chilli prawns. Chuck some prawns in a baking tray, cover them in chilli sauce from a bottle, stick them in the oven for a few minutes, turning once.
Bottle of whisky, two Christmas puds and a gallon of ice cream in the washing up basin. Use a hand blender (or a garden fork) to mush it all up then scoop out in pint mugs for your bezzers and your self before heading down the pub.